True Father’s Midnight Prayer
Sun Myung Moon
January 1, 2003
Notes by David MacKenzie from the live web cast
Chung Pyung Heaven and Earth Training Center
December 31, 2002
2330 hrs: FFWPU Korea HQ Witnessing Department Director Rev. Son Byung-ho led the call for worship with preparatory hymns (Korean #18): Opening line: “Win the whole world, heaven and earth…” followed by Grace of the Holy Garden (Korean #6): Opening line: “Grace filling me with golden light…”
2340 hrs: Great Hall fully lit up (all lights switched on including chandeliers) with piano background (Grace of the Holy Garden melody) as the overflowing congregation prepared their hearts to welcome the new year of 2003, Cheon Il Guk Year Three…
2345 hrs: IIFWP International Chairman Rev. Dr. Kwak Chung-hwan came up to greet all assembled by wishing a Happy New Year, at the same time giving internal guidance in preparing to welcome True Parents and True Family for the Midnight Prayer.
2355 hrs: Rev. Dr. Kwak called all to rise and welcome True Parents who entered the Great Hall in splendid traditional Korean robes (hanbok) amidst tumultuous applause and the fanfare of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. He then called upon all gathered to offer a half-bow with deep gratitude to the Parents of Heaven and Earth.
Father began his prayer to offer the New Year of 2003, Cheon Il Guk Year Three.
True Parent, True Teacher, True Owner. Age of Equalization of the Peace and Unity of the Cheon Il Guk. Substantiate the Invisible God. Cutting off false love, false life and false lineage. To bring back the lost ideals, Father, You spent such a long time. Also, True Parents came and revealed the identity of Satan, bringing one heart, one body and one mindset. Father-son relationship. From the individual level, through the familial, the tribal, the societal, the national, the global, all the way to the cosmic level. Amen! (Amen!) Amen! (Amen!) Amen! (Amen!) Father concluded the prayer at about ten minutes past midnight, whereupon Rev. Dr. Kwak led everyone in offering a thunderous round of applause of appreciation for True Parents’ unstinting toil for Heavenly Father’s Will.
Father then proceeded to write out the calligraphy for the 2003 Cheon Il Guk Year Three motto as follows: “Cham Sarang-euro Uri Gajeong-eun Cheon Il Guk-eui Hyoja, Chungshin, Seongin, Seongja-eui Cham Gajeong-eul wanseong hasoseo” meaning:
Through True Love our family shall accomplish the True Family of the Filial Child, the Loyal Subject, the Saint and the Holy Child of the Cheon Il Guk.”
Having established the motto, Father came down from the stage to address the seven thousand leaders and members present. He began his discourse by recapitulating and expounding upon the motto.